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HWF presents awards and cash prizes to 120 students of Uttar Pradesh

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 31 October 2011 | Posted in , , , ,

IMO News Service

Lucknow: An Award for Academic Excellence programme was organised by Human Welfare Foundation (HWF) on 30th October 2011 at Malviya Conference Hall in Lucknow. The HWF presented awards and cash prizes to 120 shortlisted students, both girls and boys of Uttar Pradesh, who did well in their matriculation examination.

Besides this, three institutions namely Muslim Girls Inter College, Varanasi, Hira Public School, Ambedkar Nagar and Muslim Furkania Girls School, Sitapur were also presented with awards for their best academic record in previous years.

The Chief Guest of the function, Zafar Mahmood, Chairman of Zakat Foundation, New Delhi, emphasised the importance of education and he said that through education even a poor person can gain top position in a society.

He said that in the 21st century, now the keyboard has taken the place of pen. The programme was chaired by Jb. Rafeek Ahmed sb, Secretary, JIH introduced Jamaat-e-Islami HIind and its associated NGOs working for the welfare of downtrodden sections of the society at large level. He also gave introduction of Vision 2016 program which has taken up several welfare projects for minority community and has various affiliated NGOs including Human Welfare Foundation.

Pro-Vice Chancellor of Agra University and Trustee of Human Welfare Foundation, Dr. Manzoor Ahmed sb said that the purpose of education is to create a good society.

The Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Madrasa Education Board, Dr. Anwar Jalalpuri emphasised the students to become curious and learner.

Professor Rooprekha Verma said that to help the students for gaining education is very pious work and he also said that the first step of knowledge is putting question to the teachers and he appreciated and said the students to develop a habit of asking the question from the teachers. VC of Urdu Arabic & Persian University Anis Ansari Retd. IAS, RP Shukl, Masood Ahmad of Al Quran Institute, and Moulana Tariq Farqleet.

Madhya Pradesh gets ‘Best Tourism Award’

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has been honoured with the “Best Tourism Award”. The Hospitality India and Explore The World has bestowed the award on the state.

The award was presented by Union Tourism Minister Subodhkhant Sahai to Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation's Chairman Dr. Mohan Yadav and Managing Director Mr. Pankaj Rag at a prestigious function at New Delhi on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister Subodhkant Sahai lauded the efforts and development works undertaken by Madhya Pradesh Government in the tourism sector apart from the services being provided to tourists.

Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid, Advisor to Prime Minister T.K.A Nair, office-bearers of Hospitality India and Explore The World, other local and foreign dignitaries were specially present on the occasion.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

Indian bomb probes wrongly target Muslims: judge

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New Delhi: A recently retired judge from the Indian Supreme Court has launched a blistering attack on the country's police, accusing them of falsely implicating local Muslims in bomb attacks.

Markandey Katju, who retired from the top court last month, said Indian police were poorly trained in forensic investigations which meant they were unable to crack terror attack cases.

"The point is that they cannot catch the real culprits, so whomever they think may have committed the crime they catch hold of them," he said in an interview with cable news network NDTV broadcast late on Monday.

Training and equipment to conduct scientific investigations "is absent in India so it is done by suspicion. Some bomb blast takes place, they catch hold of the local Muslims and young people and implicate them," he added.

A string of bombings over the last two years have gone unsolved, including attacks on the IT hub of Bangalore, the holy city of Varanasi, the western city of Pune, commercial capital Mumbai and most recently New Delhi.

Katju said torture was regularly used to extract confessions, particularly in rural areas where local police inspectors needed to show quick results after a crime.

In the most recent miscarriage of justice highlighted in the Indian media, Imran Kirmani, a Kashmiri Muslim, was released after four and half years in jail after being falsely accused of plotting a major terror strike in 2006.

Katju, who is now head of the Press Council of India, said he was still in favour of the death penalty despite the problems in catching the real culprits.

During his time in the top court, he argued in favour of the death penalty for policemen found to have executed suspects, as well as perpetrators of so-called "honour killings" and murders motivated by dowry payments.

Capital punishment can be handed down by an Indian judge as a sentence for the "rarest of rare" crimes.

(Courtesy: AFP)

First Korku Community Radio Station of Madhya Pradesh to go on air on Nov. 1

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The first Korku Community Radio station of Madhya Pradesh will go on air at Khalwa in Khandwa district. It will be run and broadcast by the tribal community in Korku dialect. The radio station has been set up by Vanya of Tribal Welfare Department.
According to Vanya’s Managing Director Mr. Shriram Tiwari Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Mrs. Sushma Swaraj will be the chief guest at the inaugural function of the community radio station at Khalwa on November 1, 2011 while Tribal Welfare Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah will be the guest of honour and Minister of State for Woman and Child Development Mrs. Ranjana Baghel will be special guest. The function will be held at 1 pm.

Two-hour programmes will be broadcast from Khalwa radio station on 90.4 MHZ within 20 to 25 kilometer radius. The locally prepared programmes will be in Korku dialect as well as Hindi. It will play an important role in spreading knowledge about government’s various welfare schemes and will also act as a bridge between the people and the government.

It is perhaps for the first time in the world that a government has decided to launch tribal community radio station with a view to ensuring their direct participation in the government. Such community radio stations will also be launched at Baiga-dominated Chada in Dindori district, Gond-dominated Chincholi in Betul district, Bhil-dominated Nalchha in Dhar district, Meghnagar in Jhabua district and Umri in Guna district. Besides, community tribal radio stations will also be launched in Saharia-dominated Sesaipur, Bharia-dominated Bijori in Chhindwara district.

Community radio station at Bhabhra in Alirajpur is already broadcasting programmes. Programmes prepared and broadcast by tribals will help ensure preservation of their culture and arts also.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

Leading Islamic finance experts to discuss risk sharing concepts

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The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) will host the 5th International Islamic Capital Market Forum (IICMF) on 10 November 2011. The 5th IICMF will gather local and international experts to discuss and deliberate on the current state of Islamic finance.

Themed "Risk Sharing: A Way Forward to Public Good", the one-day forum will feature prominent Islamic finance scholars and practitioners including Dr Abbas Mirakhor (International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance, INCEIF); Professor Volker Nienhaus (Visiting Professor, Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies); Professor Mohamad Aslam Haneef (International Islamic University Malaysia); Professor Mohammad Hashim Kamali (International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies); Omar Sheikh (Islamic Finance Council, UK); Mushtak Parker (Editor, Islamic Banker); and Mohamed Ismail Mohamed Shariff (Mohamed Ismail & Co). The SC Chairman, Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar, will deliver the keynote address.

The forum provides a platform for these international experts to discuss the current model of Islamic finance. The discussions will focus on how a risk sharing system can address some of the issues arising from the risk transfer system practised by the conventional financial industry.

Key topics include:

- How would risk sharing structure sustain under current market conditions?
- Corporate governance, ethics and social responsibility - integrating Islamic heritage with modern knowledge
- Risk sharing and public policy: theory, applications and instruments
- Islamic economics and the public good - the ethical and social dimension

Members of the public who would like to attend this forum can visit the SIDC website (www.sidc.com.my) or call Sharifuddin (03-6204 8644) / Saadon (03-6204 8665) for more information.

The public can also visit the link here:

(http://www.sc.com.my/eng/html/icm/iicmf/iicmf_2011.pdf to obtain an e-brochure of the forum.

(Courtesy: Zawya, October 20, 2011)

Selfish trend of Muslim leaders in Bihar

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By Iqbal Ahmed Nazrawi

The trend in the last few months of Muslim political faces in Bihar moving towards ruling Janata Dal (United) is shameful. It clearly indicates their selfish attitude and power hunger. I wonder how weightless Muslim leaders of Bihar have become that they are floating with the wind.

This is my firm belief that due to JD(U) only, BJP has become strong in Bihar. So, joining JD(U) is joining BJP indirectly. BJP with the support of JD(U) has started working on hidden agenda but this hidden agenda is not hidden from Muslim masses.

BJP is working at the behest of RSS is not a secret. So, indirectly if any Muslim political leader is joining JD(U) in Bihar it means they are joining BJP. This also indicates that one who is shifting to JD(U)-BJP fold they don’t have morality, self confidence, self respect, pain for the community. Many Muslim leaders and legislators of RJD and LJP have joined JD(U) and recently one Rajya Sabha MP of LJP has resigned the party and is eager to join JD(U) of chief minister Nitish Kumar. They forget that they have got success or reached to this height only due to their secular parties and support from the community.

Take an example of how JD(U)-BJP government of Bihar is working. Three years back the central government agreed to establish 3 new campuses of AMU in three states. Two of them have agreed and even given required 300 acres of land free and those two campuses are functional now. But the Bihar government has twisted the matter and given the land in three pieces and also asking to sign a lease agreement for only 30 years.

Some BJP and RSS leaders have already gone out agitating against the AMU project. And the land which government allotted is already occupied by the tribals and they are protesting against the project – this all is known to the government. So, here we should realize how this government is working on hidden agenda. But at the same time they are only speaking loudly that they are very serious on minority matters. This was just an open example, there are many things happening in the background which we Muslims are not realizing and joining the ruling party just for personal interests.

During NDA rule at the center, BJP worked on many hidden agenda and started to defame Muslims and throw them back socially, educationally and financially by acts like Gujarat riots, bomb blasts throughout India and targeting educated Muslim youths and terrorizing them on the name of terrorism.

Current situation of Bihar is not good for Muslims. Contrary to what is appearing in media, in the background so many things are happening. For example, Persian as a subject has been removed from Bihar School Board exam and it’s part of NDA agenda to weaken the Minority. The main subject of IAS topper Mr. Amir Subhani was Persian.

I remember once we were in school there was a proper Persian and Urdu teacher but slowly these vacancies are filled by non Urdu quota and even Urdu medium schools vacancies are now filled by non Urdu teachers and that is leading towards closing of Urdu medium government school in Bihar. For example my village Nazra in Madhubani has an Urdu Middle school and during our schooling days there were 8 Muslims teachers out of 10 and now there are 2-3 Muslim teachers out of 6-7. So, this is a live example to understand the policy of the ruling combine. We must wake up and realize the overall situation and take wise step with unity regardless of castes & sects.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad is among very few leaders who can boldly face and check BJP and RSS. He is the only leader in India who speaks openly and boldly on any crisis or issue related to Muslims. So, we must strengthen his “MY” formula if we sincerely think and realize the gravity of the situation and try to mobilize the people in right direction. I am sure RJD-LJP-Congress alliance with full support from Muslims will come to power again in Bihar.

Recently, a political party namely “Welfare Party of India” (WPI) has been launched with like-minded people by involving all religions, castes and community. I will urge WPI chief to join hands with like-minded party like RJD-LJP. Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi should not forget the role of Mr. Lalu Prasad in bringing the UPA to power in the center first time. And I feel that now the condition in India to bring UPA-III is not easy. UPA should realize the strength of RJD-LJP in Bihar and SP in UP and they must do pre-election alliance with them.

[Iqbal Ahmed Nazrawi is a NRI based at Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. He originally hails from Madhubani, Bihar. He can be contacted at a.iqbal.sl@gmail.com]

Eid Ul Adha: Sacrifice – then and now

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 30 October 2011 | Posted in , , , ,

By Group of People listed below

Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters, we are approaching a blessed and spiritual time of the year, Eid Ul Adha, which comes after millions of devout Muslims complete their pilgrimage to the holy grounds of Mecca. Families and friends will come together for prayers, exchange gifts and enjoy special food. As we prepare to take part in this year's holiday, we would like to invite you to reexamine some aspects of how it is celebrated with an open mind and an open heart.

The story of Abraham

As we are told by the Qur'an, the Prophet Abraham had a recurring dream in which Allah commanded him to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Abraham was just about to end the life of his son when Allah called on him to spare his son and instead sacrifice a ram He miraculously provided. During Eid Ul Adha, we commemorate and remember Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah. Today, the slaughter of millions of animals during this holiday is merely symbolic of Abraham's supreme sacrifice.

Sacrifice, then and now

The Qur'an makes clear that Allah does not take pleasure in flesh and blood. It says of the animals sacrificed that "[t]heir meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you." (Qur'an 22:37) Animal sacrifice is not part of the core spiritual truth of Islam, and there are many other charitable ways to express our devotion to the will of Allah. In modern Bangladesh, meat is not as scarce or as valuable a resource as it was for the desert community in which the Prophet Muhammad lived. Today we can do so much more to help the needy by simply redirecting the money that would have gone towards the purchase of an animal for slaughter and using it for other longer-lasting and more beneficial purposes. The money can be used to improve the situation of more than half a million children living on the streets of Dhaka and other major cities, or to build hospitals in places where access to medical care is still difficult. CARE, Save the Children, Oxfam, BRAC and countless other organizations are doing great work for the most disadvantaged groups in our society and are in dire need of our financial support in order to create a better Bangladesh for tomorrow. Many of these charities and NGOs also accept valuable and useful items which are close to your heart and you might consider donating instead of, or in addition to, money – in the spirit of sacrifice. Opting for charity in lieu of animal sacrifice is in harmony with the meaning of Islam and Eid Ul Adha.

Animals and Islam

While Eid Ul Adha will be a time of joy for Muslims, it is not a happy time for Allah's creatures. The lives of many goats, cows and other domestic animals will end during the festivities. It can be hard to think about the plight of animals in a country in which many human beings have to live under heartbreaking conditions. But we ask you to consider for a moment what the camels, lambs, goats, and cows chosen to be sacrificed on Eid Ul Adha will endure. After all, we know that the Prophet Muhammad advocated compassion toward animals. He was sent as a "mercy to all creation" (Qur'an, 21:107). In fact, the Qur'an explicitly recognizes the fact that animals are sentient beings just like us, thereby anticipating a basic tenet of the modern animal rights movement – "[t]here is not an animal on earth, nor a bird that flies on its wings - but they are communities like you." (Qur'an 6:38) Prior to slaughter, many animals sacrificed on Eid Ul Adha in Bangladesh are walked long distances, often for days at a time from as far-away places as India, or they are packed into trucks without adequate space, food, water, and medical attention. This is neither humane nor halal, and it stands in stark contradiction to Islamic teachings on kindness and compassion. We should not ignore this reality. In Hadith named Sahih al-Bukhari, it is told that the Prophet Muhammad was once asked if kindness to animals was rewarded in the afterlife. He replied that "there is a meritorious reward for kindness to every living creature." Sacrificial animals typically have their legs tied so that they can hardly move. They are surrounded by a group of people that often includes children. The terrified animals are held down by several individuals while a sharp knife is drawn across their throats. As they struggle to break free, they slowly bleed to death – often in front of other animals.

A religion of compassion

Many of us are horrified when we see on TV how animals in Europe, Australia, the United States and other countries across the globe are raised, transported and killed. It is our hope that Islam, being a religion of peace and compassion, can do better.

We, the undersigned, respectfully submit these thoughts for your consideration and hope you find them helpful in drawing your very own conclusions about the practice of animal sacrifice, in the light of the universal standards of mercy and compassion that the Prophet Muhammad has set for humanity.

Eid Mubarak!

Farah Akbar - Writer & educator
Rainer Ebert - Moral philosopher, Rice University
Karina Zannat - Regional director, Students for Liberty
Abdul Afrad - IT professional
Farzana Afroze - Private Service employee
Fayazuddin Ahmad - Advocate
Rubaiya Ahmad - Animal welfare worker
Mian A. Akbar - Interpreter
Amsa Amin - Social worker
Sebir Aniket - Businessman
Neaz Arefin - Student, BRAC University
Dr. Khurshid Beg - Physician
Dr. Monica Beg - Civil servant
Sadia Choudhury - Legal support assistant
Samiul Aftad Chowdhury - IT professional
Ehsanul Haque - Teacher, Red Brick School
S. M. E. Haque - Student, East West University
Hema Helal - Founder of the Sneha Foundation
Md. Sazzad Hossain - Lecturer, Dhaka University
Phoebe Nadia Hunter - Human Rights Advocate
Robin Jacobs - Real estate sales representative
Ehteshamul Kabir - Student & writer
Rezaul Karim - Student, Dhaka University
Risalat Khan - Student, Amherst College
Riyad Khan - Industry employee
Zahid Hossain Khan - Student, Dhaka University
Kity Khundkar - CFO & VP for finance
Masud Al Mamun - Relief International officer
Mehidi Massan - Former butcher's shop owner
Fez Meghani - Music producer & composer
Mazharul Islam Minrul - Student, Dhaka University
Kumar Murshid - Development consultant
Elizabeth Nargi - Student, Northeastern University
Tanveer Ahmed Nasiruddin - Student, University of London
Ann Parker - Editor & animal rights advocate
A. H. M. Mustafizur Rahman - Student, BRAC University
Fowzia Rahman - Government official
Prof. Dr. Mizan Rahman - Professor, Carleton University
Nasrin Rahman - Office Manager
Aniq Rumy - Radiologist
Ajmal Sobhan - Physician
Sabrina Toppa - Student, Rice University
Saima Toppa - Student, Rice University
Mohammad Faisal Uddin - Student, Concordia University
Farzana Wahid - School Teacher

The authors of this article may be reached at compassionateeid@gmail.com

(Courtesy: Blitz Weekly, Bangladesh)

The Launch of Brand New Women Website from Alnaddy

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The popular Muslim website Alnaddy has introduced a brand new website that caters to the needs of Muslim women across the globe. This women dedicated channel has got all the details that young girls and women are always after. The website has plenty of fresh articles; each of which is related to different channels or categories. Girls are sure to get articles related to Muslim Fashion, Kitchen, Religion, Married Life, Family, Health, Children, etc.

The Women’s club in this website has many registered women members. This is an excellent place for new participants and the existing ones to discuss their interests and current news. That’s not all; the website also has a dedicated forum through which Muslim women can collect lots of information pertaining to different topics. Here, they can even ask questions and seek multiple answers against it. All in all, the Women’s club helps provide a lot of information that are related to everyday life of teenage Muslim girls and women in the Muslim world.

The Arab eve website also has a lot of information on fashion through its published articles. In fact, there are tons of articles related to Fashion Shows, Lingerie, Fashion Designers, Fashion stars, Fashion Trends, Fashion Tips, Jewelry, Fashion Children, etc. The website provides all the useful information related to fashion to Muslim girls through its numerous articles. The website also contains plenty of articles on cooking. In this section, Muslims can look forward to reading articles related to Fruits, Beverages, Fish Dishes, Culinary Arts, Bread, Pastries, Desserts, Ramadan Recipes, etc.

The popular Muslim portal has made it sure to publish articles that are of high quality and that contains relevant information pertaining to the subject matter. The website staff has hand-picked all these articles from different sources and is continually updating the database. There is a separate channel for the teens in the portal. The Under Twenty channel provides up-to-date information to all teens regarding issues that they usually confront with. There are many useful articles related to the World of Young Girls and Young Girls in Ramadan.

The Adam channel of the Alnaddy website contains articles that are relevant to young Muslim boys and girls. Here, one can find articles related to Environment and Technology, Fitness and Agility, Issues Man, Science and Studies, etc. Our Arab Eve channel contains information on Human Development, Religion, Children, Family, Health, Sex Education, Hair, Skin, etc. The Forums channel available in this section is a vibrant place where women from different parts of the Arab world discuss matters related to them and also seek advices from one another on different matters. It is, in fact, a very active community when all the matters close to the heart are discussed.

The Women’s club channel contains articles that are related to different topics like Health, Muslim Fashion, Relationships, etc. In using the information provided in the articles Muslims, particularly women can gain a lot of knowledge and also help others through their valuable suggestions and opinions. Our website is trendy and contains a lot of details that will be useful to many Muslims worldwide.

About Alnaddy.com

Established seven years ago, Alnaddy.com is a very popular Arabic portal that has been providing quality content to all its Muslim users from around the world. The website is dynamic and contains several articles that pertains to different topics surround men and women in the Muslim world. The website also runs several forums through which Muslims can interact with each other. That’s not all; the portal offers several services that are related to matrimony and dating. The best part is that all services offered through the channels are absolutely free and they can be accessed round the clock and from any part of the world.

Alnaddy had the biggest Muslim dating website for Single Muslims that connects Muslims all over the world.

(Courtesy: PRWeb)

Finally, Muslim Americans get a Reality Show of their own

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By Sterling Wong

Saying Islam is a controversial topic in America would be akin to calling "Avatar" a popular movie. Since 9/11, even the most mundane of things Islamic have hit the headlines, such as the fierce debate sparked off by the proposed construction of the Park51 Muslim community center near the World Trade Center site. This past August, Whole Foods riled up all sides when it introduced, removed, and then reinstated a promotional deal for halal frozen food coinciding with Ramadan (incidentally, the second biggest holiday for consumer businesses globally, behind only Christmas).

It’s fair to say American business are caught in a conundrum: On the one hand, they're eager to grab a slice of the ever-growing Muslim market in America. (Besides Whole Foods, Walmart has also marketed halal goods, but only in locations with high demand like Dearborn, Michigan, home of a large Muslim community). On the other, they fear consumer backlash over a perceived embrace of a religion that, some insist, contradicts Western beliefs.

How to resolve this conundrum? The good old American way, of course -- reality TV. On November 13, Discovery Communications' TLC will premiere an eight-part series called “All-American Muslim” that promises to provide viewers with greater insight into Islam and its American followers, The Huffington Post reports.

The show follows the lives of five diverse Muslim-American families in Dearborn, including a high school football coach, a pair of newlyweds, and two sisters who are polar cultural opposites -- one devoutly religious, while the other sports tattoos and is married to an Irish Catholic.

As TLC’s press kit puts it, the show is aimed to bring viewers "inside the rarely seen world of American Muslims to uncover a unique community struggling to balance faith and nationality in a post 9/11 world."

Given how TLC’s 2007 hit show “Jon & Kate Plus 8” shed light on the difficulties and rewards of raising a large family (only half-kidding here), it’s entirely possible that besides catering to an underserved Muslim audience, “All-American Muslim” will help Americans better understand their Muslim countrymen.

Of course, the show could also go the way of LOGO’s “The A-List: New York" or MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” in which a minority's every available stereotype is shamelessly exploited.

We'll find out which way this one goes next month. Meanwhile, TLC has released bios of the characters featured in the show:

Suehaila and Shadia: Suehaila wears a traditional headscarf and follows daily prayer rituals -- while Shadia, her outspoken sister, is decorated with piercings and tattoos and recently married Jeff, an Irish Catholic who is converting to Islam.

Nader and Nawal: Newlyweds expecting their first baby, Nader and Nawal are working to strike the right balance between their traditional Muslim roots and American culture.

Fouad: As head coach of the Fordson High School football team, Fouad has pioneered a shift in his team's summer practice schedule, flipping night workouts from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., to account for the Muslim majority of his players fasting for Ramadan.

Mike and Angela: Mike, a deputy chief sheriff, and his wife Angela, a consultant to a major auto manufacturer, are juggling their busy careers with raising their four children in a modern Muslim family.

Nina: A strong, independent businesswoman, Nina comes from the family that runs Dearborn's premier wedding and banquet hall -- but against their advice, she's trying to venture off on her own to open a nightclub.

Samira and Ali: Samira and her husband of seven years, Ali, struggle with fertility issues and are pursuing options including conventional fertility techniques, dietary alternatives, and Muslim supplication prayers. After years of failed attempts, Samira is considering putting on the hijab, or headscarf, in order to be closer to God and hopefully be blessed with a child.

(Courtesy: Minyanville.com)

Swiss Muslims Rise up Against Islamophobia

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Over the past years news stories about Muslims in Switzerland were widely highlighted in the media, shedding some light on a community that was not fairly introduced to either the Swiss or the international societies.

Before the big fuss about the minarets ban, there was little information about Muslims in Switzerland, in terms of their challenges and contributions to the society which they are living in and belonging to.

Today, October 29, Swiss Muslims are demonstrating against Islamophobia and racism in the city of Bern by hosting a conference which is expected to be the largest Islamic festival to have occurred in Switzerland.

The conference is organized by The Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (ICCS) under the theme, “Day Against Islamophobia and Racism”. This conference is supported by a wide variety of groups both in Switzerland and across Europe, to ensure the basic human rights of Muslims in the Swiss society.

As highlighted on the official website of ICCS, speakers of the conference include Lauren Booth, the sister-in-law of ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair- a well-known British journalist who converted to Islam in 2010, two prominent and influential leaders of Islamic communities - Sheikh Abdullah al-Samit Frank Bubenheim from Germany and Mufti Muamer Zukorlic from Sandžak.

On the other side, it is planned to include in the conference schedule special performances from Labbayk, an Islamic vocal group from the as well as one of the most popular singers in the Muslim Albanian Diaspora in Western Europe, Adem Ramadani.

One of the event's supporters is Yvonne Ridley, a well-known British journalist made famous for her capture by the Taliban in 2001 and her subsequent conversion to Islam.

Anti- Islam Agenda

The conference comes as an outcry from the Muslim community in Switzerland against what they define as "shocking attitudes" towards them directed by some political parties.

The conference comes as an outcry from the Muslim community in Switzerland against what they define as "shocking attitudes" towards them directed by some political parties like the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) - which was behind the referendum of banning the building of new minarets in the European country.

On November 29, 2009, The Swiss electorate voted in favor of the far-right call for a blanket ban on the construction of minarets, the issue that made Muslim leaders fear that the minaret ban would only be the first step to undermine their presence in Switzerland.

However the anti-Islam move in Switzerland have other manifestations, like ostracizing of Muslim women in the workplace because of wearing the veil (headscarf) and numerous debates surrounding the banning of the face veil (the niqab).

A bill initiated by the SVP far-right party entitled “Masks off”- which was approved on September 28, 2011 by Switzerland’s lower house of parliament - called for the ban of wearing face-veils in public places.

"At a time when insecurity is growing in our streets, more and more people are hiding their faces behind a balaclava, a mask or a burqa,” said Oskar Freysinger, a lawmaker of the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP), reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).

"This makes it impossible to identify these people, a fact that is particularly troublesome in case of violence or identity checks."

Move!

"Day Against Islamophobia and Racism" conference comes as "a chance for Muslims and non-Muslims to stand together and support one another to ensure a fundamental human right: the freedom of religion."

"It is an ideal chance for attendees to gain a closer insight into the life of Muslims in Switzerland," as mentioned on the official site.

It is highlighted through the conference posters and brochures that the day aims to stifle the growth of Islamophobia ideology that has the capacity of destroying the framework of a social order where Muslims can both exercise their religious rights and function as part of the Swiss society without discrimination or fear of reprisals.

(Courtesy: OnIslam.net)

Convention of doctors' associations to be held under Beti Bachao Abhiyan on Oct. 30 in Bhopal

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 28 October 2011 | Posted in , , ,

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that awareness will bring about change in people's mindset about daughters. Daughters are not inferior in any respect.

Mr. Chouhan was talking to representatives of various doctors' associations of Bhopal who called on him here on Sunday. A convention of various doctors' associations of the state will be under Beti Bachao Abhiyan (Save Daughter Campaign) at CM House on October 30.

During the meeting, representatives of doctors' associations assured to extend utmost cooperation in Beti Bachao Abhiyan. Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan said that doctors are undertaking a positive work for a noble cause by getting involved in Beti Bachao Abhiyan. He said that this is a campaign of entire society and all sections should cooperate in it. Doctors can put in important contribution to curbing girls' embryo test. They can also bring about change in the mindset of people meeting them.

About 200 representatives of various doctors' associations of the state will take part in the convention to be held at CM House on October 30. At the convention, they will take oath for cooperating in Beti Bachao Abhiyan and creating an atmosphere for prevention of girls' embryo killings.

It may be mentioned that the State Government has launched Beti Bachao Abhiyan since October 5. Under the campaign importance of daughters in society is being underlined. The State Government has launched several schemes for protection and development of daughters.

Those present during today's meeting included Principal Secretary Woman and Child Development Department Mr. B.R. Naidu, Commissioner Health Mr. Manohar Agnani, Dr. P.C. Chandel, Dr. Amit Ganguly, Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Dr. Shekhar Shrivastava, Dr. Anjali Kanhare, Dr. Shailesh Lunawat, Dr. Rajesh Chawla, Dr. Lalit Shrivastava, Dr. Rakesh Mishra, Dr. Anup Hajela, Dr. Arunima Bajpayee, Dr. Meeta Agrawal, Dr. Rajiv Mishra, Dr. Arun Kumar, Dr. Neel Kapur, Dr. Malik, Dr. Raja Methi, Dr. Ajay Acharya etc.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

Islamic markets seen leading global trade volumes

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By Shaheen Pasha

Dubai: Emerging and Islamic markets are expected to lead a growth in global trade volumes over the next fifteen years as non-traditional markets in Asia and Latin America drive demand, said a senior executive at HSBC’s Islamic arm.

Global trade volumes are expected to jump 73 percent to $49 trillion with Malaysia, Indonesia and the UAE emerging as major trade players, according to HSBC Amanah’s recent trade forecast, said Romy Buchari, senior manager of global commercial banking, in an interview with Reuters on Sunday.

Muslim countries will account for 5 percent of the world’s trade by 2025, with Egypt projected to play a larger role in Islamic trade finance as the regulatory environment improves in the country.

“We see 88 percent growth (in trade volumes) in Malaysia. In more nascent markets, that is even higher,” he said. “In Egypt, we see 270 percent growth, Indonesia is 144 percent and the UAE is 126 percent.”

The commodity-based exports of emerging and Islamic markets, which include coal, steel and various types of oil, are in high demand from trading partners in India, Brazil and China, driving future growth in trade activity.

“The big markets have an insatiable appetite for these products,” Buchari said. “These will be continuing to grow as a bigger part of Islamic trade routes besides American and European nations.”

Asia to Middle East trade flows more than doubled between 2005 and 2008, according to the World Trade Organization.

Buchari expects 2 percent trade volume growth over the next four years, as the market struggles with concerns over potential buyer defaults, risk that suppliers may be unable to deliver on goods and exchange rate fluctuations. Growth is expected to accelerate after 2015 to 7.1 percent until 2020, he said.

Demand for Islamic trade finance products are likely to increase as trade relationships strengthen and are expected to be a growth driver for the overall Islamic finance industry.

In Islamic trade finance, a bank will provide a letter of credit, guaranteeing import payments using its own funds, for a client based on sharing the profit from the sale of the item.

Buchari said sharia-compliant hedging instruments to hedge against currency fluctuations are also among increasingly sophisticated tools being created to tap into demand and secure trade deals.

(Courtesy: Al Arabiya)

HWF organizes 2-day Teachers Training programme

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New Delhi: A 2-day teachers training programme was organized by Human Welfare Foundation (HWF) on 27 October 2011 at Jamaat-e-Islami headquarters at Abul Fazl Enclave, Okhla. More than 150 teachers from different private and government schools including Scholar School, Milli Model School, Alfalah Islamic School, Hamdard Public School, Ideal Public School, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Public School, Jamia Khairunnisa, Al-Aaman Public School, and Excellence Public School participated in this programme. Ameer e Jamaat Islami Hind Moulana Syed Jalauddin Umri was the Chief Guest on the occasion. He emphasized the need of focus on moral education in the education system as wel as impart Islamic education to children which is the best gift to the children from their parents.

Professor Shaikh Azeemuddin, Dean, Faculty of Education, Integral University Lucknow; Prof. Ahsan Hussain, Jamia Millia Islamia; Dr. Ahtesham Anwar, Associate Professor Integral University, Lucknow; and Dr. Azeeur Rahman, Associate Professor, Integral University, Lucknow, gave some important tips about making the students easily understand the subjects. They also said to the teachers about imparting modern education as well as moral education to children which the teachers and guardians rarely take care of it.

At the end of the teacher training prgoramme, HWF awarded certificates to the best teachers who attended the programme and took keen interest.

Indo-UK Cricketism: India is Guilty of sport crimes

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By Dr. Abdul Ruff

The cricket monkeys from England are the chief guests of their Indian sponsors at Diwali festivities as part of their India tour and they celebrated the cocktail celebration after the end of 5 ODIs fixed in favor of India. Indian foreign and sports ministries can claim a clean seep victory for their joint diplomacy just like the NATO joint terror operations in Islamic world, consuming the corpses of murdered Muslims and drinking the blood oozing out of the dead bodies of the fallen Islamic heroes defending their nations from fascist attacks of western criminals.

India plans every thing in advance, keeping in view the important Hindu dates. So, India had planned well in advance to celebrate Diwali by somehow winning the ODI series and the Cameron boys have supported the Indian cause of cricketism to showcase their power to sustain the illegal occupation of Jammu Kashmir by brute force with draconian laws to the state terrorism lawful. . .

England, as it gets slowly revealed now in India, is an ordinary team at par with all other mediocre ones thriving by mutual agreements and appeasements. In fact England was a weak team a couple of years ago, but it with the, possibly paid, assistance, got the assistance of its former colonies like Australia, Bangladesh, South Africa and some other African nations that still worship the white bosses and of course India to look larger than original size and even reached the top occupying almost all formats of cricket. In fact, further, India while in England magnified the profile of England team to 100 percent and beyond any doubt.

The practice of give and take policy of cricketism in 100 plus/50 plus/200 plus,etc, is as old as the history of cricket invented by the British rulers for their colony servants in now known as the Commonwealth. Each team chooses its favorites in rotation to offer special runs for special purposes. That is not considered by ICC as "fixing".

After the retirement of R. Dravid, who had been one of the most favorites of England for offering big scores, the English boys seem to have opted, rather adopted Indian skipper Dhoni for special rewards in quick runs. English monkeys offer too many runs to him after removing all other "fantastic" Indian batboys easily.

What is the secret about this mysterious liking of Indian skipper by the English knotties? Is it because he is also the skipper of Chenni team that lost in the recent CT20 or a top cricketer of IPL who might have some say some say in the selection of foreign cricketers for IPL to play for Indian corporate blackmoney holders?

England cruelty offered a doctorate in Law for Dhoni for letting an English batman get one more run. So much worth for a doctorate in terrocracies!

In fact, English team that not long ago thrashed Indians in England to zero and claimed the top ranking in all possible formats now in India tries to show or shows up its real hollowness. It appears either India played for England in their country or England is as bad as India or Australia or South Africa or Zimbabwe or Bangladesh or Pakistan but ONLY by match-fixings each team agrees fro 100 PLUS/50 PLUS OR even 200 PLUS/300 PLUS etc, generally shared by skippers, unless some particular cricketers need the "records" for some rewards or awards from the terrocratic regimes. .

Why the England team has some Indians (Hindus) as well? Does it mean they are short of cricketers and have to import Indians to play for England? India does not include any foreigners in its team- except in IPL or CT20 to boost Indian fake image. .

Indians in foreign teams play for India when match is fixed with India. Will the Indian cricketers in UK team play for mother India or father UK?

Why English boys offer too many runs towards the end knowing well that India would not bowl leniently towards England. Is it not a match-fixing? If it is not, then what else?

Are Pakistani cricketers involved or engaged in these Indo-England official match-fixings? How much money they were paid by UK and India?

The ICC must answer these few questions in consultation with India so that innocent looking Indians are not punished.

There are some more serious questions too, but they would be posed once answers for these questions are made by the ICC.

Meanwhile ICC must investigate the match-fixings by the teams, countries, mafias, corporate sponsors, etc.

But there is no need for any panic because the corporates would not easily let the cricketers down and the match-fixing cannot be stopped by the regimes themselves because they are also directly involved though outwardly every thing looks private.

All are international frauds and gangs but supported by the elected regimes.

World today is full of mafias and state gangs. NATO gangs, UNSC gangs, nuclearism gangs, oil gang, arms gang, liquor gangs, cricketism gangs.

The list is endless!

Indian crimes are also endless!

[Dr. Abdul Ruff is Specialist on State Terrorism. He is Chancellor-Founder of Center for International Affairs (CIA). He is former university Teacher, Analyst in International Affairs and an Expert on Middle East. He can be contacted at abdulruff@gmail.com]

Training program for AMU school teachers of Arabic & Theology concludes

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The Training Programme for AMU School Teachers of Arabic and Theology organized by the UGC Academic Staff College, Aligarh Muslim University in collaboration with the Muslim Educational, Social & Cultural Organisation, (MESCO), Hyderabad concluded on Tuesday.

According to a Press release issued by Zeeshan Ahmad, Assistant Public Relations Officer AMU, the ten-day training programme, which commenced on October 16, comprised of interactive sessions on the teaching of Quran according to the norms and science of the Quran recitation, Arabic grammar and Arabic language. The course was organized at the behest of the AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor P. K. Abdul Azis for the professional development of school teachers of Aligarh Muslim University.

In his opening remarks Prof. A.R. Kidwai, Director, UGC Academic Staff College underscored the importance of such programmes for enhancing teaching skills of AMU teachers.

Mazhar Husaini, Secretary MESCO, Hyderabad, lauded the University efforts in arranging training programme. Dr. Iftekharuddin, Director MESCO Diagnostic Centre, Hyderabad, highlighted the educational welfare activities of MESCO. He said that the medical and diagnostic centers and schools run by MESCO were serving the society for a long time. Its Quran and Arabic training programme has been held at more than 300 schools in the country.

In his speech Prof. V. K. Abdul Jalil, AMU Registrar and the Manager of AMU Schools emphasized the need for the proper study of the Quran. He said that the understanding of the holy Quran and its message will make the world a better place. He congratulated the teachers on having received such a useful training. Prof. Jaleel gave away certificates to the participants.

Mohammad Asrar, Theology teacher at AMU Girls High School, representing the course participants, related his observations about the immense value of this training programme which has equipped the teachers with better teaching methodology and skills.

While moving the vote of thanks Dr. Tanveer Nabi, Principal, AMU City High School, said that steps will be taken for allocating more time for the study of the Quran in AMU schools, the release added.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

کیا کانگریس خود احتسابی کی قوت سے محروم ہے؟

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ابد انور 

کانگریس آج خود احتسابی کی قوت سے محروم ہے ۔ہمیشہ اس فکر میں رہتی ہے کہ اس کے کردہ گناہوں کا بوجھ کوئی اور اٹھائے اسی لئے وہ بحران کو دعوت دیتی رہتی ہے۔ کانگریس کو اپنے طویل ترین دور اقتدار میں شاید ہی اتنی مشکلات کا کبھی سامنا کرناپڑاہو، جس سے آج کل وہ دوچار ہے۔


Uttar Pradesh Elections: BJP should clean its stable first

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 24 October 2011 | Posted in , ,

By Mohammad Shahid Parvez
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Three rath yatras of the Bharatiya Janata Party criss-crossed the state of Uttar Pradesh this month. While Anti-Corruption Yatra of LK Advani starting from Bihar entered the state, two Jan Swabhiman yatras of the party each led by senior leaders Rajnath Singh and Kalraj Misra, began in the state simultaneously. Although the party leaders claim that the yatras are apolitical and meant to awaken the people to the monster of anti-corruption and their self respect (swabhiman), their speaches during the course of yatra have all the ingredients of election meetings. They all are highlighting corruption in Congress and BSP to gain mileage in the elections.

The two swabhiman yatras in UP target the Center and the state governments for promoting corruption and ignoring the common man and stressing that only a BJP government can root out all evils from the society and the government.Thus Uma Bharati in one of meetings during the yatra called upon the people to change the government in UP to bring a change at the Centre. ‘It is your responsibility to change the rule and we promise to change this system’ she asked. And what type of change her party will bring Bharati declared ‘Ram Rajya ki taiyyari karo (prepare for Ram Rajya)’. Bharati however did not elaborate what type of Ram Rajya she is talking about as the party has given to the people of Karnataka, Gujarat or Uttaranchal and Chattisgarh?

Then there is veteran yatri L.K. Advani who has the credit of taking Ram Rath Yatra about two decades ago that terrorized the nation to the envy of the greatest of terrorists and incited large scale violence that the nation can never forget. This time he has taken Anti-corruption Yatra as if Anna’s movement against corruption was not enough to awaken the masses about corruption rampant in our polity. However this time his party colleague, the Karnataka strongman and former state Chief Minister YS Yeddurappa has embarrassed him by undertaking ‘Jail Yatra.’ Advani himself admitted to this embarrassment and clarified that his yatra was not against any particular person or party but against corruption wherever it exists.

Whatever may Advani claim about the motive of his yatra the people, and also his party colleagues know that it is neither the concern for corruption nor his love for the party but his own seclusion in the party that has prompted him to take this ardous yatra at this age. Buoyed by the post-Anna fast surveys that show the BJP ahead of the Congress in popularity chart the party has started dreaming to regain power at the Centre and a race for the prime ministership among its leaders began. While Narendra Modi, in order to increase his acceptability, organized sadbhavna fast to wash off his past misdeeds and tried in vain to pose a changed man who believes in secularism his one time mentor decided to embark on rath yatra to prove his claim to the post which he considers his right in the event of BJP coming to power at the Centre.By starting his yatra from Bihar flagged by Nitish Kumar and not from Gujarat Advani has tried to convey the message to the Sangh Parivar that he has the support of allies. The wish of the Maharathi found a voice in Uma Bharati’s statement in the course of the rally at Varanasi when she advocated projecting Advani as the party’s prime ministerial candidate to the annoyance of the party.

Advani may or may not succeed in his personal mission but the party’s crusade against corruption has certainly got a jolt by the Yadurappa episode. Corruption, not only financial but all types has infilterated deep into our polity and no party can claim to be overboard on this issue. Moreover rath yatras do not bring a party to power unless backed by some good work and BJP has nothing to boast of except corruption and dividing the state on communal lines during its rule at the Centre and in states.The BJP which claims to be the only party that can give a clean government should clean its own stable first before pointing a finger at others. With the party’s governments in Karnataka, Gujarat, Uttaranchal and some other states mired in corruption its promise to provide a clean government and bring Ram Rajya appears hallow.

[Mohammad Shahid Parvez is former News Editor, National Herald, Lucknow. He recently joined IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Uttar Pradesh). He can be contacted at mshahidparvez@gmail.com]

Entire Madhya Pradesh state police to be linked with Tele-Samadhan Kendra: Home Minister

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Umashankar Gupta has said that Tele-Samadhan Kendra system will be implemented in the entire state.

Gupta was reviewing redressal of complaints after linking Police Department with Tele-Samadhan Centre here on Saturday. Bhopal district's 29 complaints were registered at Tele-Samadhan Kendra and all of them have been redressed within 15 days. Crimes were also registered in two complaints.

Home Minister Mr. Gupta said that this system has been voluntarily adopted for reforms in police administration. Therefore, it should not be considered a burden and complaints received at Tele-Samadhan Kendra should be redressed spontaneously. Information about all the points pertaining to a complaint should be given so that there is no further complaints in the same case.

The Home Minister had linked police of Bhopal district with Tele-Samadhan Kendra on September 20. After its positive results, it was contemplated to introduce the system in the entire state.

The Home Minister stressed that apart from redressal, action should also be taken against the concerning police officer if the complaint is found to be true.

Underling importance of this system, Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Ashok Das and Director General of Police Mr. S.K. Raut said that it can be implemented in the entire state. Every district's Additional SP will be made its nodal officer.

It may be noted that any person can register complaint on toll-free number 155343 of Tele-Samadhan Kendra if he is not satisfied with police action in any case. The complaint is redressed by the nodal officer within 15 days. The complaint is forwarded to senior officer if it is not redressed in 15 days.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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